Workout day interview with Clint Hurdle
Rockies manager talks about the LCS experience
Just a few minutes ago, Jeff said that he had nothing electric as a starting pitcher. Maybe he was being a bit humble what do you think he does well as a pitcher?CLINT HURDLE: Well, I think he studies very well. He prepares very well. He reads swings extremely well. He has the ability to win a ball game without his best stuff. Obviously he's like a high percent of pitchers in Major League: Fastball demands critical. Down in the zone. He can mix in a good curveball. He can back foot it. He can back door it. He can throw changeups and offensive count. He has some weapons. How are you feeling? CLINT HURDLE: Great, really good. Compared to the last few days or great? CLINT HURDLE: No, great. Really good. And considering how long it's taken to get here and the road you guys had to take over the past few years to get to this point, even though the series hasn't started yet, was it worth the wait? CLINT HURDLE: We're here. And it's priceless. So worth the wait, some of the times these questions, you guys really confuse me. Because there's been a lot of effort put into it. Yes, there's been a lot of patience, encouragement with that patience. There's been some lonely days. But all said and done, I guess, you know, now that I've worked my way through it, yes. Had to work my way through it. It's been worth the wait. Because you don't ever know if you're going to get there. But you gotta keep following the course. You gotta have faith. You gotta have faith that sometimes is blind and you just keep holding on and you keep moving forward and maybe there's only a small group of you still doing it. So I'm proud of the way our team's handled the ride so far, from the 163rd game until now. It's been a great experience for everybody in our organization. And we're looking forward to some more. Did Aaron Cook throw today and if so how did he do and what's the possibility of having him pitch post season? CLINT HURDLE: He pitched seven innings, I heard he threw around 90, 90 plus pitches. And he shows himself to be healthy. That's the conversation I had with Dan. My next conversation will be with Aaron. No decisions have made. We haven't set our roster. Willy Taveras initiated some workout running routines today. He's got some more to go through. Obviously we've still got some people we still need to talk to set the roster. So we hope to have a statement maybe later after the workout. Maybe, possibly. When Eric Byrnes left your organization after a short stay, did you expect to see him return as a front line, Big League outfielder? CLINT HURDLE: I thought better days were before him. I liked Eric Byrnes.
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